2014 Issue 1

A HEALTHY APPETITE FOR SCIENCE: MARY ROACH ’81

  Have you ever wondered why humans prefer crunchy foods rather than mushy ones? How do competitive eaters train to eat 36 hot dogs and is it possible for you to eat yourself to death? Is there any truth to reports that a superworm can survive in a bullfrog’s gut after it’s been swallowed? And…

THE COST OF NOT LEARNING FROM THE PAST

On Saturday, June 28, 1919, the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the treaty ending World War I was signed at the Palace of Versailles in Paris. And not a minute too soon. The war that was triggered by the archduke’s murder came close to destroying Europe.   In his new…

UNLEASHING THE POWER OF STATS

There are “number” people, and there are “word” people. Left brains, and right brains. “Quants” and English majors. Or so most of us believe, and Lisa Dierker was no different when she entered Ohio State University in 1986, a first-generation college student paying her own way through school.  “I was terrified,” she says. “I couldn’t…

WEAR THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE: ALOK APPADURAI ’00

By Todd Stone ’05.  Alok Appadurai ’00 recently said that for most everything he has done professionally, he’s been able to take out his business card, look anybody in the eye, and say: “This is the work I do and I’m proud of it.” Appadurai can say this with extra confidence these days, because he…

A SITE FOR HAPPINESS NATALY KOGAN ’98

In Nataly Kogan’s native Russia, there’s a saying: “To write is like to pee. You should only do it if you can’t hold it anymore.” She gives the same advice to young people who ask her about starting a business. Kogan ’98 speaks from experience. She says that, outside of immigrating to the U.S. and…

RIDING HIGH WITH RYE: SIVAN COTEL ’05

Down a steep drop on an unimproved road in rural Vermont lies a picturesque 500-acre farm where Sivan Cotel ’05 is toiling with a small group of business partners to build a brand for a beverage most associated with the Roaring Twenties—rye whiskey. Although speakeasies are long gone, rye whiskey is enjoying a comeback in…

SCHOLAR ATHLETE KEVIN HUGHES ’14

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Kevin Hughes ’14 has been a consistent presence on the Wesleyan football team—athletically and academically. One of four captains, Hughes scored nine touchdowns in four seasons, his most recent a 42-yard reception that helped the Cardinals defeat Amherst en route to the Little Three title. His performance on the field was matched with academic honors;…

JUST PUBLISHED

Dan M. Brown ’94 Designing Together: The Collaboration and Conflict Management Handbook for Creative Professionals New Riders, 2013 The increasing complexity of design projects, the greater reliance on remote team members, and the evolution of design techniques demands professionals who can cooperate effectively. This book encourages practicing designers to cultivate collaborative behaviors and deal constructively…

HISTORICAL ROW: WESLEYAN’S UNDERGROUND RADIO STATION

When sophomore Arch Doty moved into room 23 of Clark Hall in September, 1939, he brought with him a radio transmitter he had built at home the previous summer. Using a turntable, 78 rpm records, a microphone, the transmitter, and an antenna wire hanging out of Arch’s window, student-run radio at Wesleyan hit the airwaves. …

YAMASHITA’S LENS ON TIBET

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita ’71 recently published a new collection of photographs, Shangri-La: Along the Tea Road to Lhasa (White Star Publishers), a rare, intimate look into Tibet’s changing world—both ancient and modern, sacred and commonplace, the rarefied and the gritty—before the legends and mysteries of the Chamagudao (the Tea Horse Road) disappear…